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Gotcha 8x8!

I finally solved a 8x8 puzzle!!! Woohooo!!!

I opened it at the NY Times Kenken page last night before I went to sleep and decided to really have a crack at it this morning.  About an hour's hard work finally paid off and, boy, ain't it sweet!

Here are some snapshots I took -- precautionary measures, in case I accidentally close the browser, hahaha...






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